Connor Bruson

Connor Bruson

Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and all the rest of CO (especially over 14k feet)

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Connor's Passions

Road Running
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Mountaineering

Connor's Bio

Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism graduate from Colorado State University, living in my native city of Colorado Springs in the shadow of Pikes Peak. I work at a local and national bike shop, live with my wonderfully outdoorsy wife, and run/hike/ride as much as possible. I've got a great back yard to get out and play in!

Connor Bruson

Connor Bruson wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

A while ago, I bought a pair of Teva Links for myself and have since been oogling over these FiveTen Freeriders. Well I just bought a pair for my wife as her first MTB shoes, and they are just as awesome as I expected. She reports that they are stiff, sticky, and responsive on downhills -- duh. We ride more XC/AM than DH, so climbing in them sometimes proves clunky and her feet get a bit tingly because of how stiff they are. However the performance after the climbing is well worth it.
Plus, they look sweet on or off the bike!
Based on her experience and other friends' reviews, I would gladly ride these instead of my Tevas. However, I'm sad they changed the Freerider model to the VXi... loved the more casual look of these. Oh well.

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on September 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things are a huge motivation to even go on a run or ride just to 'earn' them! Perfect tasty sweet snack, lots of energy, and a good amount of chews in each bag. More than shot bloks or chomps. The fruit smoothie flavor is my favorite. Love all of honey stinger's products.

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've thrown this saddle on my XC, AM, and SS commuter bikes and it is my favorite hands down. It has never put my legs or butt to sleep, it's comfortable on long rides, and it looks good. I am 150lbs, 32in waist, 6' tall for reference - although saddles are mostly personal preference. Very satisfied with this saddle.

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive used these in various widths on various bikes throughout the years. They are always my go-to tire here in Colorado. Great tread for loose granite and rocky conditions, but still keeps rolling resistance down. These never feel sketchy in the corners and offer great traction on climbs as well. I definitely recommend the 2.35 version unless you're doing strictly XC. Also, no problems at all with the tubeless system on Stans rims and Mavic XM819 rims.

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on August 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use the 2.2 on the rear. Always good traction on climbs, and the tire works very well for me tubeless on Mavic XM-819 rims.
The reinforced sidewall on these is a winner. After a hard hit, I got a bubble in the sidewall and thought the tires were done. About a week later, the bubble completely went away, and I've been on a dozen rides on it since then!
Overall, not my favorite tire, but no complaints really.

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on April 18, 2013

5 5

Love these for chilly aerobic workouts when I don't want to layer up too much. I use them for running and cycling - they work great in both instances.
They keep my arms really warm without adding bulk to my torso. If I get hot, Ijust take 'em off, roll them up like a pair of long socks, and put them in my jersey pocket or shorts pocket.
Buy a pair of these instead of longsleeve jerseys and shirts!

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on April 18, 2013

4 5

Had this watch now for around 1.5 years. I mostly just use the altimeter function and haven't really tried to figure out the compass/barometer parts because they're so complicated. I'm sure I could learn the functions but it just seems too difficult, even after watching a few videos.
The altimeter is usually off by 100ft and has to be calibrated at every trailhead (and at every possible elevation marker, if you really want accuracy, which defies the point...). Also, the battery screw on the underside of the face was nearly impossible to take off.
On the plus side, it looks sweet, is very comfortable, and the basic functions are very useful.

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Connor Bruson wrote an answer about on April 18, 2013

The MicroRocket is intended to compete...

The MicroRocket is intended to compete with higher-end lightweight stove systems, whereas the PocketRocket is more of an 'econo-stove'. The differences are slight though - MR weighs .5 ounces less, but it is supposed to be more durable and more compact.
This pic shows how it folds differently than the PR.

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on April 16, 2013

5 5

Got my first pair of Smartwools 5 years ago and have never gone back to regular socks since. The 'running light micro' is my favorite design. It's no-show and the lip on the heel prevents chafing. The 'light' weight seems to last a few months longer than the 'ultra light' weight socks - I get at least 1-2 years out of mine. I'd recommend the ultra light socks for minimalist running shoes or cycling, though. These are great for everything else - casual, hiking, running, etc! Wonderful product. Fill your sock drawer with 'em!

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

4 5

Fully vented top side keeps hands very cool.
No velcro strap makes it easy to get on/off and comfortable. Pull tab between middle and ring finger helps get it off, but don't pull it off too hard - pull tab seems to be coming unstitched after a while. Wristband is coming unstitched in 1 place too.
Tried using for mountain biking...no good because of all of the gel pads. Stick to the roads.

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just washed a load of Stoic softshells, Salomon ski jackets, and GoLite down jackets with this. I know Nikwax makes special washes for each of these, but hey, I can't afford $10 loads of laundry. That being said, this product worked well for most of the garments. Softshell jacket and pants- waterproofed! Ski jackets- spick and span! Down jackets....maybe I should have gotten the Down Wash. Despite following the directions to the T, the down came out very clumped up with spots on the fabric, and it hardly cleaned the stains and blackened cuffs.
But for an all-in-one cleaner, I can't complain. Very useful and necessary product if you have multiple technical garments.

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

3 5

These earphones pump out quality sound, especially for being in-ear buds. Great bass and clarity.
Now...for the cons. The bud on the line with the mic control is 50% louder than the other bud. Sometimes I can't tell, but usually its like one bud isn't even in my ear. Maybe mine are defective or they fixed this in the new model. Next, don't use these for running. Lots of noise when you rub the cord, and even with interchangeable silicon pieces, they never stay in my ears when I run.
I have the 2010 version of these, so some of this review may not apply to this version.

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on April 14, 2013

4 5

I have the 2010 version which may be a bit different. Can't beat $50 on SAC. Love the fit and versatility of this piece. The 'recommended use' is spot on - great layer for skiing or outer layer in spring/fall for cycling when the air cools down. The thumb holes integrate well with ski gloves, and the wrists are long and provide extra warmth when cycling. The neck is also very tall and keeps in some warmth there as well. Mostly, though, I wear this casually cause it looks so dang nice.
I'm 6' tall, 155 lbs, runner's build, and the Medium is a perfect fit.

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Connor Bruson wrote a review of on April 4, 2013

4 5

These shoes are great downhill/freeride/street/casual shoes. Stick to platforms well enough and stay locked on your feet. My favorite part about them is the Ionmask water resistance (its basically waterproof). I was hiking my fat bike in some powder for a few miles and my toes stayed warm and dry, and these are my go-to casual shoes on rainy days.
Gave them 4 stars because they are bulky for XC use. I like their stiffness, but I wish it was in a more low-profile package.
Also, the laces are weirdly long and have to be tucked in (or triple laced), or else the little metal tips are flailing everywhere and get stuck in the chain. Not the right setup for bike shoes, methinks.

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